PubMed: Getting Started

Guide to searching PubMed

What is MEDLINE?

See PubMed and MEDLINE: How They Differ for additional information.

Thank You... Sharon Leslie, Georgia State University Library, who kindly gave us permission to re-use her PubMed LibGuide.

What is PubMed?

PubMed is NLM's search engine interface for MEDLINE, which is a database of citations and abstracts in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care systems, and preclinical sciences.  

MEDLINE indexes approximately 5,400 biomedical journals published in the U.S. and worldwide. Coverage extends back to 1946 with over 23 million citations.

Along with MEDLINE, PubMed also provides access to:


Free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.                                       

 NCBI  Bookshelf 

Free online access to books and documents in life science and healthcare.
 OLDMEDLINE Article citations from international biomedical journals from 1946 through 1965.
 In-Process  Citations Very current citations that have not yet been indexed with MeSH.

PubMed is a free resource developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Library of Medicine®.

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